Every year, humpback whales and southern right whales can be seen migrating along the NSW coastline. They head north throughout June and in the first week of July, travelling up to their breeding grounds in warmer waters. Then, from around September to November, they return southwards.
Around 2000 whales make this journey within sight of the coast each year. At the peak of the migration, you can stand on a coastal headland and see up to four whales pass by every hour.
With their fluke-up dives, fin-slapping rolls and spectacular breaches, humpbacks can put on an awesome show. They're fairly common along the NSW coast, but were almost hunted to extinction.
Southern right whale
You can spot a southern right whale by its 'V' shaped plume of spray. These whales are often seen in shallow water, including estuaries and bays.
Whale watching in NSW
Find out which national parks offer the best whale watching spots, and see what you should do out on the water to give whales the 'personal space' they need.
Wild about whales
The Wild about whales brochure provides information on the best places to see whales, which type of whales you'll see off the coastline of NSW, whale evolution and more.
For more information and the latest sightings go to www.wildaboutwhales.com.au/
Page last updated: 21 June 2011